Duke Energy Progress agreed to purchase $1.2 billion of certain generating assets from North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency; Acquisitions by PSEG Solar Source and SunEdison; Exelon will provide equity financing for 21 MW of Bloom Energy fuel cell projects; Debt issues from Calpine and NRG Yield Operating.
AES entered into an agreement with SYND Holdco Limited, a joint venture of Greencoat UK Wind PLC and Swiss Life Funds Global Infrastructure Opportunities to sell 100% of its equity interests in four operating wind projects in the United Kingdom, totaling 87.5 MW, for $160 million, subject to customary purchase price adjustments. This transaction includes four operating wind projects in the United Kingdom: 28.6-MW Drone Hill; 22-MW North Rhins; 20.5-MW Sixpenny Wood; and 16.4-MW Yelvertoft.
Sunrun acquires AEE Solar and SnapNrack; FirstEnergy completes sale of hydroelectric power stations to Harbor Hydro Holdings; Alterra acquires Shannon wind project from Horn Wind.
SCE&G acquires larger share of VC Summer nuclear project; APS buys SCE's share of Four Corners power plant; Allete (Minnesota Power) acquires from AES 231 MW of wind farms in four states; EdF acquires 194-MW Texas wind project; NRG issues $1.1 billion in bonds; ComEd floats $650 million in two tranches; plus transactions involving TransCanada, Alterra, PSEG, and others totaling $3.4 billion.
ALLETE Clean Energy (ALLETE) finalized the purchase of wind farms in Minnesota, Iowa and Oregon from AES. ALLETE acquired the operating wind energy projects for $27 million and all three wind farms - with a total output of 231 MW - have PPAs in place for their entire electric output. ALLETE also signed in November an option agreement to acquire a fourth wind farm from AES in mid-2015. Pursuant to that option agreement, ALLETE will have an option to acquire the 101MW Armenia Mountain, Penn., wind farm.
NRG and Sempra acquire Edison Mission assets; Google invests in AES-Riverstone venture; TransAlta acquires NextEra wind farm; plus debt issues from TransCanada, NiSource, Duke, and Southwest Gas totaling $2.4 billion.
The dash to gas brings volatility in shareholder performance.
Fortnightly’s 2013 ranking of shareholder value performance shows substantial changes, with gas prices weighing on some utilities and elevating others.